Book Review: We Told Six Lies

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We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott

When Molly goes missing, her boyfriend becomes the primary suspect. The story is told switching between the past and the present, but also between Molly and Cobain’s points of view, so the reader is left to guess a little on the actual timeline sequences. I know, but of course I can’t tell you. <insert evil laugh here>.

I’m slightly conflicted on this book. I’m only giving it an average rating, but at the same time, I KNOW high school students are going to love it. I’m sure for them it will be an above average read. For an avid reader, some of the plot seemed forced, but students I’ve talked to didn’t agree. With that said, it was still an interesting read. I love that it was very different from her other books that I’ve read.

Quotes: none

Recommended Grades: 10th and up (some mature content and language)

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Overall Opinion: Average

Source: ebook ARC through Netgalley

Book Review: The Moon Platoon

The Moon Platoon by Jeramey Kraatz

Series: Space Runners

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Benny’s life is full of challenges. Not only does his family have to scavenge from day to day, but the death of his father means he needs to find a way to help provide for his family. Wining a scholarship to the Lunar Taj seems like it might be just the thing, but events begin going wrong almost as soon as he arrives. He and his new friends have a lot of problem solving to do if they are going to save the day!

Set in 2085, this novel is full of humor and has some great character scenes. I had a hard time getting into the story at first, but once I did, I was hooked. I think I probably wouldn’t have had that issue if I’d been reading it and not listening to an audiobook. I think this will be a great book for reluctant readers because the story is fast paced and interesting.

Quote that literally made me choke on my tea:

“I’m going to be killed by a bad hairstyle.”

Recommended Grades: 5th-10th grade

Genre: Science Fiction

Overall Opinion: Average with above average moments

Source: audiobook

Book Review: Fix a Car

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Book Review: Maker Comics: Fix a Car

I was so excited to see some more maker focused items come out for older students, especially in graphic novel format! I received this ARC free, but that doesn’t impact the review. This graphic novel shows tips for car maintenance from simple tasks to more complicated. It uses story telling to break up the instruction in a very engaging way.

I should probably start by telling you that I purposely picked this topic because I know very little about cars. Every time I take my car to be serviced, I always feel like a “dumb” girl. So that said, I loved that the expert of this book was an empowered female-who even empowered me. I learned a lot, and can’t wait to get this book in to the hands of my students. Know this series will be a hit!

Quote: None

Recommended Grades: 7-12 (or older elementary student who loves cars)
Genre: Graphic Novel (maker focus)
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: ebook from Netgalley

Book Review: Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

Book Review: Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

In Nazi-occupied Poland, Jews are being set to concentration camps or rounded up into Ghettos. Chaya is a part of the resistance that helps take aide or evacuates survivors when possible. Together with the other resistance fighters, she will make a stand in the Warsaw Ghetto, even though the chances of survival are not guaranteed.

This is a part of the Holocaust that I think is not discussed enough. I love when a book drives me to research about the topic! In fact, Nielsen’s info at the end of the book was intriguing. I love that the characters were related on people with brilliant stories that needed to be told. In fact, I read this in one setting-had to work out longer on elliptical just so I could finish one part because I didn’t want to stop. This book has wonderful characters and a plot that is action packed, but believable. Your heart will grieve and cheer all at the same time.

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My favorite quote isn’t even from the book, but from the notes at the conclusion of the novel: “May we never forget. May we live with honor at all times, regardless of our circumstances. And may we choose love, a weapon that will defeat hate every single time. Love is the resistance.”

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Historical Fiction
Overall Opinion: Highly Recommended
Source: Audio and Book (because I needed to go faster).

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garbar

Caraval CoverBook Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garbar

In an unexpected twist, Scarlet’s childhood dream of attending Caraval comes true as she is preparing to enter into an arranged marriage. She knows she can’t attend, but her sister refuses to let her take the safe route, arranging instead their passage to the mysterious Caraval. Once there, Tella disappears, and Scarlett must find her in order to save her life, and hopefully the wish that comes as the reward for winning the game. The question is now, whom should she trust in place where nothing is as it seams?

So I’m a little late to the party on this book, but I was stalling until the series was finished (I gave up obviously). This novel is well written, and a quick read. Sometimes I wanted to poke Tella in the eye, because seriously??…but maybe that is the big sister in me?? LOL I’ll be curious to see where the next book takes the characters. I’m next on the hold list. WooHoo!

Quote: I think I loved the same quote most of Goodreads did: “Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

Recommended Grades: 9-12 (it’s suggestive, but not descriptive)
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Recommend (Almost a highly recommend…there was one thread that I found a tiny bit predictable, but other than that it was great).
Source: Audiobook

Book Review: Letters to the Lost

Yes, I’m alive. Can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last post! I’ve been reading like crazy, but I just haven’t been blogging. It’s on my goal list for this year, so maybe I’ll be better! I always love sharing about books, just can’t always find the time to blog.

Letters to the Lost CoverBook Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

While doing community service, Declan finds a letter on a grave that speaks to his heart. He is moved enough that he feels compelled to add a note to the bottom of the letter. Later, when Juliet sees his note, she is both furious at the violation, and slightly curious, so she writes back. The two begin correspondence. Through these letters (later emails) they both share things they aren’t able to share with others, but life is rarely that easy. Will the friendship last if they discover each other’s identity? Especially since they quickly learn, they go to the same high school.

I was so thankful for this book because I started my year with a few duds (books not people). I grabbed this book because it is on the 2019 Lone Star List, and I loved the cover. This book is beautifully written, and I had to stay up late to finish it in one sitting. I really enjoyed that even the minor characters have some complexity, and there were quite a few main character layers I wasn’t expecting. I’m interested to read her next novel, because I think there is sooo much more to learn about Declan’s best friend Rev.

Reader’s Note: I would suggest some Kleenex if your heart is a defender of the marginalized. The feeler in me wanted to punch/shake/hug some characters-sometimes in the same chapter.

Quote-none (book was due next day, so there were a few I loved but didn’t have time to collect).

Recommended Grades: 7-12 (tiny bit of language-but not much and some tough issues)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion: Recommend
Source: Book

Book Review: Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Mass

Book CoverBook Review: Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Mass

When life gets hard for her family, Feyre must learn to hunt and provide for her family. When she kills a wolf that is really a faerie, she is forced to live with the faeries she hates. Except, the more time she spends with them, the more she realizes what she knew could have been wrong.

I listened to this on audio; which was really well done. Anxiously awaiting book two (seems like it’s been on hold forever, but I’m first in line now). I’m not a huge faerie fan, but I loved this story. It was as much about relationships and perception of reality as it was faeries.

Quotes

None

Recommended Grades: 8-12

Genre: Fantasy

Overall Opinion: Recommended

Source: audiobook